In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

Each Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase of materials gathered from our gardens.

The hydrangeas are more beautiful than in past years, despite some late cold snaps in early spring. I planned a simple vase, but this one went off on its own. Finding a container was a major challenge. After testing out a number of vases I settled on a basket I made some years ago. A few fresh lilies along with recycled ones from last week’s vase.

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

Centaurea cyanus ‘Blue Diadem’ (Bachelor’s Buttons)
Cleome hassleriana (Spider Flower)
Gaura lindheimeri ‘Passionate Blush’ (Butterfly Gaura)
Hydrangea macrophylla
Lilium ‘Black Out’ (Asiatic lily)
Verbena bonariensis (Tall Verbena)
Handmade potato basket.

In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

Thanks to our host Cathy at Rambling In The Garden for encouraging us to create and share our vases. Visit her to discover what garden surprises she and others are enjoying this week.

22 thoughts on “In A Vase On Monday – A Basket Of Pink

  1. Kris P

    While I wouldn’t have imagined combining the red lilies with the pink hydrangea, the subtle addition of the Gaura stems bridges the gap for me and turns your arrangement into something special. The lilies look like a ribbon on a beautiful package.

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I was particularly uninspired this week for a vase even though there are plenty of flowers at the moment. The pink cloths were added last minute to hide the plastic container holding the stems! A bit of hodge-podge.

  2. Cathy

    Using a basket like this is a great way of getting round the absence of the ‘perfect’ vase – I ought to remind myself about this as I have all sorts of containers that could double up as a vase, with a suitable insert. The hydrangea is a pretty shade of pink and makes a good focal point – and I love the pink gaura! ps what is a ‘potato basket’?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Here’s a link to making a potato basket Cathy. Look at the last two photos. It is supposed to be strong and functional, the handles make it easy to carry the basket when loaded up. I like the hydrangea but honestly this didn’t go as planned. I need to get back to simplicity!

      1. Cathy

        No link…? So it is for carrying potatoes, cooked or uncooked? I wondered if it might to to do with the shape…

  3. bevcarr1

    That just looks like the most luscious strawberry dessert. It almost make me hungry!

    Nice work, as always!

    Best, Bev


  4. Horticat

    I agree that your arrangement this week looks like a delicious extravagant dessert, Susie! It’s a beauty 🙂

    Whenever I’ve picked hydrangeas early in the season, they always wilt, even if picked early in the day. It’s only once they have aged a bit that they hold up for me in an arrangement. Have you any tips?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Horticat. I was surprised myself the hydrangeas held up so well (they’re still doing great). Often my experience with them has been similar to yours. I cut the flowers a day early and let them condition overnight in cool water.

  5. Donna Donabella

    Another beautiful and dramatic lily surrounded by pink, and it works beautifully. I especially love gaura and how it springs up int he vase. Beautiful pink fabric to compliment the whole thing. I learn so much from you. I wished I lived closer so I could maybe coax you to teach me some basics about flower arranging.

  6. Cathy

    I love this vase Susie. 😃 Combining the hydrangea flowers with the lilies was very daring, but the Gaura ties them in with each other and the cornflower is spot on! Well done again! 👍

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      I’m so glad you like it Cathy. It’s a bit fussier than what I usually do (at least, I think so) but it worked ok. Gaura always flops in my garden so I was trying to salvage some that had drooped.


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